JN Group donates to the elderly
THE WORK of the National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC), the umbrella organisation which provides support to senior citizens, was enhanced by a contribution of J$1 million, courtesy of The Jamaica National Group.
The donation was made through the company’s recently announced Welfare Fund, to support Jamaicans in their response to the effects of COVID-19.
Cassandra Morrison, executive director of the NCSC, who was a guest on the JN Circle Catch Up virtual series on May 14, said the funds will be used to provide care packages to its members.
“We will be able to provide approximately 300 persons with food and hygiene packages. Therefore, this donation will go a long way to make life a little easier for some of our senior citizens,” she related.
Claudine Allen, member ombudsman of The Jamaica National Group and team lead for the JN Circle, said The Jamaica National Group was happy to make a donation to the council.
“Our senior citizens are one of the most vulnerable groups being directly affected by COVID-19. Hence, the [JN] Group decided that it was fitting to make this donation to the organisation, to assist its members,” Allen informed.
Morrison stated that NCSC members, who are 65 years and older, are challenged during the period of confinement at home; and the pandemic has become a new normal for them.
She noted that for the most part, persons have been complying with the stay-at-home order; however, not all seniors understand the gravity of the virus.
“Some seniors are yet to fully comprehend why some of the restrictions are necessary, and why they themselves are at risk. Many seniors, particularly those in rural areas, are very independent. The threat and risk of COVID-19 is not something you can see, because it is not so tangible; and fortunately, we are not seeing images of persons collapsing in the streets, such as what happens overseas. Consequently, it is yet to come home for some seniors,” she informed.
The executive director said the NCSC continues to work with the Ministry of Health and Wellness to craft messages so that seniors can understand; and they work with the volunteers, on the ground, to pass on relevant messages.
She also pointed out that the National Health Fund has been in communities providing support in filling prescriptions for seniors, and local corporate entities, such as supermarkets, have been delivering food items. In addition, they also work with volunteers, who make telephone calls to seniors to check up on them.